The children of Monrovia in Liberia are in dire need. Some have lost family during the Ebola epidemic, some have suffered from anxieties related to poverty, and some have witnessed abuse in their families or in the community. In a country with infrastructure already severely weakened by a civil war a decade earlier, the Ebola epidemic had left the healthcare system in disarray. Understandably there are extremely serious mental health issues. You must develop a culturally sensitive approach that will effectively address the problem of children’s mental health. You need to present a long-term vision along with a detailed implementation plan for the first year. Your budget is $1 million (USD). You have one week.
This was the one of the challenges faced by University of Melbourne students as part of the Emory Global Health Case Competition in Atlanta. Each year, six postgraduate students from the Melbourne Global Health Case Competition are selected to represent the University in Atlanta the following year. The students must draw on their various disciplines to develop an innovative solution to a significant global health challenge.
In 2018, teams from 23 other elite universities entered the competition. Competing teams were given a complex case to address, intensively researching and developing their solution for seven days before making a public presentation before a distinguished panel of judges. The Melbourne team performed superbly.